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Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) is an evidence based couples therapy model rooted in attachement theory and the neurosciences. Dr Sue Johnson and her colleagues developed and have been refining this powerful and revolutionary model for the past 30 years.

EFT sees couple distress as a symptom of separation anxiety. This separation distress creates a negative dynamic in the couple that perpetuates the separation distress, which in turn maintains the negative dynamic… The partners become trapped in a repetitive and painful feed-back loop that makes it virtually impossible for them to respond to the needs of the other for closeness, validation, empathy and desire.

EFT first helps couples see their dynamic and how it is hurting them, as well their respective positions in this dance.

The second phase of therapy focuses on restructuring the emotional bond between the partners in order to create a more secure attachment.

This Basic Training will be led by Karin Agenaar, certified EFT therapist, supervisor and trainer, assisted by Anne Belgram-Perkins, certified EFT therapist and supervisor, and trainer in training.

In this four-day Externship, participants will learn through a combination of lectures, videotapes, observation of live sessions, and role-play exercises. For those who wish to become a certified EFT therapist, the Basic Training is a pre-requisite. See and for more information about the certification process.

During the Basic Training participants will:

  • obtain a clear understanding of the basic
  • experiential and systemic concepts of an
    “Emotionally Focused” approach to couples therapy;
  • learn to conceptualize couple distress and
  • relationship repair based on theories of attachment and emotion;
  • develop skills in helping partners reprocess the emotional responses that maintain relational
  • develop skills in helping partners shape new interaction patterns and bonding events;
  • develop skills to overcome therapeutic impasses with couples.

Dates : 22, 23, 25, 26 November 2019

Location :  78100 St-Germain en Laye

Number of participants : 12 maximum

Cost : 950 euros for the four days